When does deliberation begin?

Robert E. Goodin, Simon J. Niemeyer

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Political deliberation involves both internal reflection and public discussion. The former might be far more important than implied by deliberative democrats' heavy emphasis the discursive component. Analysis of the deliberations of a citizen's jury on an Australian environmental issue shows jurors' attitudes changing more in response to the 'informational' phase of the jury proceedings involving a large degree of 'deliberation within' than during the formal 'discussion' phase. Various ways can be imagined for evoking internal reflection of that sort, even in mass political settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovating Democracy
Subtitle of host publicationDemocratic Theory and Practice After the Deliberative Turn
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9780191720116
ISBN (Print)9780199547944
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008
Externally publishedYes


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